Bowns issues rally cry as Britain seek bronze at worlds

25 April 2014 / 17:45

Netminder Ben Bowns has issued a rallying cry ahead of Great Britain’s final game of the Ice Hockey World Championship – determined to leave Vilnius with a medal for his efforts.

With their hopes of gold over, Britain kept their medal chances alive with a 4-3 defeat of the Netherlands on Thursday and face Poland in their last game of the tournament.

Britain need to beat Poland in regulation time and hope hosts Lithuania do them a favour by beating Croatia inside three periods to return home with a bronze medal.

And netminder Bowns wants Britain to keep up their end of the bargain with victory over the Netherlands before wishing the hosts do the same in what’s the final match in Vilnius.

"We can end the tournament on a major positive and do something to be proud of,” said Bowns.

“We know we failed in our main objection of promotion back to Division 1A which is disappointing.

"But we can build for next year now and end this tournament with a positive feel. We are all focused on winning that bronze medal.

"We can build from that and look at what we can achieve next season. There's a great group of guys here and we all went to do something special for Great Britain.

"We are all proud to play for GB and want to get us back to Division 1A."

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